WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) has opened sales for the bronze medal honoring Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew.
Struck at the United States Mint at Philadelphia, the three-inch bronze medal (Product Code 17MA) is priced at $39.95. The obverse, designed and engraved by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart, features a portrait of Jacob J. Lew with an American flag in the background and the inscriptions “JACOB J. LEW” and “76TH SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY.”
The reverse design, also by Everhart, and engraved by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna, features a depiction of the Statue of Liberty and the Main Building on Ellis Island alongside a quote from Emma Lazarus. The inscriptions read “I LIFT MY LAMP BESIDE THE GOLDEN DOOR” and “EMMA LAZARUS.”
The Treasury Department has a longstanding tradition of striking an official medal for each Secretary of the Treasury. The Mint produces the medal under the general authority of 31 U.S.C. § 5111 (a) (2), which states that the Secretary may prepare and strike “national and other medals” if it does not interfere with regular minting operations. Since the 1890s, the Mint has prepared, struck, and distributed medals for 33 of the 35 Senate-confirmed Secretaries.
Orders are being accepted at http://catalog.usmint.gov and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468), while hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. To learn more about available shipping options, visit catalog.usmint.gov/customer-service/shipping.html.
About the United States Mint
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The United States Mint’s numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.